Category Archives: Education

Julie Lythcott-Haims: How To Raise Successful Kids–Without Over-Parenting | Transcript and Highlights

You know, I didn’t set out to be a parenting expert. In fact, I’m not very interested in parenting, per se. It’s just that there’s a certain style of parenting these days that is kind of messing up kids, impeding their chances to

Julie Lythcott-Haims: How To Raise Successful Kids–Without Over-Parenting | Transcript and Highlights

You know, I didn’t set out to be a parenting expert. In fact, I’m not very interested in parenting, per se. It’s just that there’s a certain style of parenting these days that is kind of messing up kids, impeding their chances to

TEDx | Daniel Kao: The Promise of Education Technology

Diplateevo. White House.gov post. Around this time last year, I was chatting with one of my friends about the recent trend of college hackathons and he blurted, “wouldn’t it be awesome to have a hackathon at the white house?” We

TEDx | Daniel Kao: The Promise of Education Technology

Diplateevo. White House.gov post. Around this time last year, I was chatting with one of my friends about the recent trend of college hackathons and he blurted, “wouldn’t it be awesome to have a hackathon at the white house?” We

The Board Game | Notes & Review

William Mott. The Board Game: A Story of Hope and Inspiration for CEOs and Governing Boards. William R. Mott, 2012 (173 pages) Foreword The Board Game concentrates on the single most important component of successful nonprofit organizations: the relationship between

The Board Game | Notes & Review

William Mott. The Board Game: A Story of Hope and Inspiration for CEOs and Governing Boards. William R. Mott, 2012 (173 pages) Foreword The Board Game concentrates on the single most important component of successful nonprofit organizations: the relationship between

TED | Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words!

I’m a lexicographer. I make dictionaries. And my job as a lexicographer is to try to put all the words possible into the dictionary. My job is not to decide what a word is; that is your job. 0:25 Everybody who speaks English decides

TED | Erin McKean: Go ahead, make up new words!

I’m a lexicographer. I make dictionaries. And my job as a lexicographer is to try to put all the words possible into the dictionary. My job is not to decide what a word is; that is your job. 0:25 Everybody who speaks English decides

TED | Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning

I teach chemistry. 0:15 All right, all right. So more than just explosions, chemistry is everywhere. Have you ever found yourself at a restaurant spacing out just doing this over and over? Some people nodding yes. Recently, I showed this

TED | Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning

I teach chemistry. 0:15 All right, all right. So more than just explosions, chemistry is everywhere. Have you ever found yourself at a restaurant spacing out just doing this over and over? Some people nodding yes. Recently, I showed this

Nurture Shock | Notes

Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman. Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children. Twelve, 2009. (336 pages) Preface When everything is all dressed up as entertainment–when it’s all supposed to be magical and surprising and fascinating–the Real Thing may be perceived as

Nurture Shock | Notes

Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman. Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children. Twelve, 2009. (336 pages) Preface When everything is all dressed up as entertainment–when it’s all supposed to be magical and surprising and fascinating–the Real Thing may be perceived as

How Children Succeed | Notes & Review

Paul Tough. How Children Succeed; Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Mariner Books, 2013. (231 pages) PaulTough.com, NYTimes.com article. Introduction …the cognitive hypothesis: the belief, rarely expressed aloud but commonly held nonetheless, that success today depends primarily on

How Children Succeed | Notes & Review

Paul Tough. How Children Succeed; Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Mariner Books, 2013. (231 pages) PaulTough.com, NYTimes.com article. Introduction …the cognitive hypothesis: the belief, rarely expressed aloud but commonly held nonetheless, that success today depends primarily on

Amusing Ourselves to Death | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Books, 1985. (183 pages) Forward This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right. (viii) Part I 1. The Medium Is the

Amusing Ourselves to Death | Notes & Review

Neil Postman. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. Penguin Books, 1985. (183 pages) Forward This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right. (viii) Part I 1. The Medium Is the

What Teachers Make | Notes & Review

Taylor Mali. What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012. (198 pages) What teachers Make, or Objection Overruled, or If Things Don’t Work Out, You Can Always Go to Law School He

What Teachers Make | Notes & Review

Taylor Mali. What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012. (198 pages) What teachers Make, or Objection Overruled, or If Things Don’t Work Out, You Can Always Go to Law School He

TED | Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley

Thank you very much. I moved to America 12 years ago with my wife Terry and our two kids. Actually, truthfully, we moved to Los Angeles — (Laughter) — thinking we were moving to America, but anyway, it’s a short

TED | Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley

Thank you very much. I moved to America 12 years ago with my wife Terry and our two kids. Actually, truthfully, we moved to Los Angeles — (Laughter) — thinking we were moving to America, but anyway, it’s a short

TED | John Legend: “True Colors”

Every now and then a good talk isn’t a talk at all. This special performance was set in the context of teachers and educators. Beautiful. ♪ You with the sad eyes ♪ ♪ Don’t be discouraged ♪ ♪ Oh, I

TED | John Legend: “True Colors”

Every now and then a good talk isn’t a talk at all. This special performance was set in the context of teachers and educators. Beautiful. ♪ You with the sad eyes ♪ ♪ Don’t be discouraged ♪ ♪ Oh, I

TED | Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback

Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player. (Laughter) My bridge coach, Sharon Osberg, says there are more pictures of the back of her head than anyone

TED | Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback

Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player. (Laughter) My bridge coach, Sharon Osberg, says there are more pictures of the back of her head than anyone

TED | Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

I’m a little nervous, because my wife Yvonne said to me, she said, “Geoff, you watch the TED Talks.” I said, “Yes, honey, I love TED Talks.” She said, “You know, they’re like, really smart, talented — ” I said,

TED | Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

I’m a little nervous, because my wife Yvonne said to me, she said, “Geoff, you watch the TED Talks.” I said, “Yes, honey, I love TED Talks.” She said, “You know, they’re like, really smart, talented — ” I said,

TED | Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

I have spent my entire life either at the schoolhouse, on the way to the schoolhouse, or talking about what happens in the schoolhouse. Both my parents were educators, my maternal grandparents were educators, and for the past 40 years

TED | Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

I have spent my entire life either at the schoolhouse, on the way to the schoolhouse, or talking about what happens in the schoolhouse. Both my parents were educators, my maternal grandparents were educators, and for the past 40 years

What Is A Teacher?

What is a teacher? A guide, not a guard. What is learning? A journey, not a destination. What is discovery? Questioning the answers, not answering the questions. What is the process? Discovering ideas, not covering content. What is the goal?

What Is A Teacher?

What is a teacher? A guide, not a guard. What is learning? A journey, not a destination. What is discovery? Questioning the answers, not answering the questions. What is the process? Discovering ideas, not covering content. What is the goal?

TED | Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Good morning. How are you? It’s been great, hasn’t it? I’ve been blown away by the whole thing. In fact, I’m leaving. There have been three themes, haven’t there, running through the conference, which are relevant to what I want

TED | Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Good morning. How are you? It’s been great, hasn’t it? I’ve been blown away by the whole thing. In fact, I’m leaving. There have been three themes, haven’t there, running through the conference, which are relevant to what I want

TED | Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

I’m Jane McGonigal. I’m a game designer. I’ve been making games online now for 10 years, and my goal for the next decade is to try to make it as easy to save the world in real life as it

TED | Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

I’m Jane McGonigal. I’m a game designer. I’ve been making games online now for 10 years, and my goal for the next decade is to try to make it as easy to save the world in real life as it

Stop Stealing Dreams | Review & Notes

Seth Godin. Stop Stealing Dreams: What is School For? Seth Godin, 2012. — VIA — This free book has 132 entries of thoughts, insights, questions, provocations regarding education. Written in blog-entry-sized bites, you can easily read an entry and let

Stop Stealing Dreams | Review & Notes

Seth Godin. Stop Stealing Dreams: What is School For? Seth Godin, 2012. — VIA — This free book has 132 entries of thoughts, insights, questions, provocations regarding education. Written in blog-entry-sized bites, you can easily read an entry and let

Waiting For “Superman” – Community Discussion Guide | Notes & Responses

Community Discussion Guide. http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/. — VIA — The Community Discussion Guide includes a whole host of resources such as websites, organizations, definitions, FAQ’s, and guidance for how to take action. The film does a good job highlighting and dramatizing the

Waiting For “Superman” – Community Discussion Guide | Notes & Responses

Community Discussion Guide. http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/. — VIA — The Community Discussion Guide includes a whole host of resources such as websites, organizations, definitions, FAQ’s, and guidance for how to take action. The film does a good job highlighting and dramatizing the

Making Education Brain Science

There were several items in this article worth noting, and seriously considering. Making Education Brain Science April 13, 2012 By JENNY ANDERSON LAST month, two kindergarten classes at the Blue School were hard at work doing what many kindergartners do:

Making Education Brain Science

There were several items in this article worth noting, and seriously considering. Making Education Brain Science April 13, 2012 By JENNY ANDERSON LAST month, two kindergarten classes at the Blue School were hard at work doing what many kindergartners do:

California Listening Tour Education Forums

California Listening Tour Education Forums (in Partnership with StudentsFirst) [VIA: I have striven to be as accurate as possible in this summary. I take responsibility for any misrepresentions. The quotes that follow are not exact.] The main speaker was Michelle

California Listening Tour Education Forums

California Listening Tour Education Forums (in Partnership with StudentsFirst) [VIA: I have striven to be as accurate as possible in this summary. I take responsibility for any misrepresentions. The quotes that follow are not exact.] The main speaker was Michelle

TED | Salman Khan – Lets Use Video To Reinvent Education

Home: khanacademy.org Twitter: @khanacademy The Khan Academy is most known for its collection of videos, so before I go any further, let me show you a little bit of a montage. SK: We now have on the order of 2,200

TED | Salman Khan – Lets Use Video To Reinvent Education

Home: khanacademy.org Twitter: @khanacademy The Khan Academy is most known for its collection of videos, so before I go any further, let me show you a little bit of a montage. SK: We now have on the order of 2,200

Paper Clips | Review

Miramax, 2004. [G] As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis. Beautiful. Several themes emerge

Paper Clips | Review

Miramax, 2004. [G] As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis. Beautiful. Several themes emerge

Leadership Summit 2011 | Michelle Rhee – Students First

“How can we have an education system where 95% of the adults think we’re doing an excellent job, when, in reality, we are only producing an 8% proficiency in math?” — live notes — Clips from “Waiting for Superman.” Our

Leadership Summit 2011 | Michelle Rhee – Students First

“How can we have an education system where 95% of the adults think we’re doing an excellent job, when, in reality, we are only producing an 8% proficiency in math?” — live notes — Clips from “Waiting for Superman.” Our

Reflections on Commencement

Today, it was conferred upon me and my fellow students a Master’s Degree. I have admitted that my personal journey through seminary has been tainted by a begrudging attitude and my feelings are more of relief than they are of

Reflections on Commencement

Today, it was conferred upon me and my fellow students a Master’s Degree. I have admitted that my personal journey through seminary has been tainted by a begrudging attitude and my feelings are more of relief than they are of

‘I’m not done fighting’ | Notes & Review

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/12/06/why-michelle-rhee-isn-t-done-with-school-reform.html http://www.studentsfirst.org/ The following are some key quotes from the article: While I had to make many structural changes–overhauling the system for evaluating teachers and principals, adopting new reading and math programs, making sure textbooks got delivered on time–I believed

‘I’m not done fighting’ | Notes & Review

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/12/06/why-michelle-rhee-isn-t-done-with-school-reform.html http://www.studentsfirst.org/ The following are some key quotes from the article: While I had to make many structural changes–overhauling the system for evaluating teachers and principals, adopting new reading and math programs, making sure textbooks got delivered on time–I believed

Race To Nowhere | Notes & Review

http://www.racetonowhere.com/ NOTES Some QUOTES and SENTIMENTS from the film: Many of the symptoms our kids are experiencing–headaches, stomachaches, depression, etc.–are stress-induced. Much of what we are doing in education is “de-humanizing.” “Some of the pressure is real.” Our systems have

Race To Nowhere | Notes & Review

http://www.racetonowhere.com/ NOTES Some QUOTES and SENTIMENTS from the film: Many of the symptoms our kids are experiencing–headaches, stomachaches, depression, etc.–are stress-induced. Much of what we are doing in education is “de-humanizing.” “Some of the pressure is real.” Our systems have

Waiting For Superman | Notes & Review

Two films on American education are playing this month: Waiting for Superman, and Race To Nowhere. I saw Superman today (Race is not available in our area right now). [UPDATE 2010-12-02: “Race” post.] I sat in a theater with 4 people

Waiting For Superman | Notes & Review

Two films on American education are playing this month: Waiting for Superman, and Race To Nowhere. I saw Superman today (Race is not available in our area right now). [UPDATE 2010-12-02: “Race” post.] I sat in a theater with 4 people

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits, NYTimes.com, September 6, 2010. A few quotes worth highlighting: For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. So does studying distinct

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits, NYTimes.com, September 6, 2010. A few quotes worth highlighting: For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. So does studying distinct

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Ken Robinson on Bring on the Learning Revolution

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! TED, February 2010. Picking up from his 2006 talk, … I believe there is a second climate crisis which is as severe, which has the same origins and we have to deal

TED Talks Worth Talking About | Ken Robinson on Bring on the Learning Revolution

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! TED, February 2010. Picking up from his 2006 talk, … I believe there is a second climate crisis which is as severe, which has the same origins and we have to deal

President Obama’s Message for America’s Students | Notes & Review

Full transcript here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-in-a-National-Address-to-Americas-Schoolchildren/ At the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, parents, and the best schools in the world, and none of it will matter, unless you all fulfill your responsibilities…to put in the

President Obama’s Message for America’s Students | Notes & Review

Full transcript here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-in-a-National-Address-to-Americas-Schoolchildren/ At the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, parents, and the best schools in the world, and none of it will matter, unless you all fulfill your responsibilities…to put in the

The Edible Schoolyard – Why College Should Not Be The Goal

Alice Waters. The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea. Chronicle Books, 2008. http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/ The Edible Schoolyard (ESY), a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation, is a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom for urban public school students at the Martin Luther

The Edible Schoolyard – Why College Should Not Be The Goal

Alice Waters. The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea. Chronicle Books, 2008. http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/ The Edible Schoolyard (ESY), a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation, is a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom for urban public school students at the Martin Luther

TEP (The Equity Project) Charter School

http://www.tepcharter.org/ NYTimes.com article (06/054/2009) The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, a 480-student middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City that will open in September 2009, aims to put into practice the central conclusion of a large

TEP (The Equity Project) Charter School

http://www.tepcharter.org/ NYTimes.com article (06/054/2009) The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, a 480-student middle school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City that will open in September 2009, aims to put into practice the central conclusion of a large

Newt Gingrich: Let’s End Adolescence

In discussing several topics on adolescence, education, and youth development, a friend referred me to this article by Newt Gingrich entitled “Let’s End Adolescence.” (Updated article and video here.) His solution is simple: …replace adolescence with young adulthood. But hastening

Newt Gingrich: Let’s End Adolescence

In discussing several topics on adolescence, education, and youth development, a friend referred me to this article by Newt Gingrich entitled “Let’s End Adolescence.” (Updated article and video here.) His solution is simple: …replace adolescence with young adulthood. But hastening

Whatever It Takes | Notes & Review

Paul Tough. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest To Change Harlem and America. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. Geoffrey Canada on Charlie Rose. Geoffrey Canada on Oprah, pt.1, pt.2. Geoffrey Canada at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. “Going Big” on

Whatever It Takes | Notes & Review

Paul Tough. Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest To Change Harlem and America. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. Geoffrey Canada on Charlie Rose. Geoffrey Canada on Oprah, pt.1, pt.2. Geoffrey Canada at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. “Going Big” on

Books Not Bombs

(This is the second of two posts that highlight the endeavors that are helping to change the world through creative and contrarian ways of thinking.) This video on The Developments In Literacy programs is of a similar vein to one

Books Not Bombs

(This is the second of two posts that highlight the endeavors that are helping to change the world through creative and contrarian ways of thinking.) This video on The Developments In Literacy programs is of a similar vein to one

OLPC: One Laptop Per Child & Nicholas Negroponte’s TED Talk

(This is the first of two posts that highlight endeavors that are helping to change the world through creative and contrarian ways of thinking.) You can learn more about OLPC through the Amazon videos here, and their website: http://www.laptop.org/en/. You

OLPC: One Laptop Per Child & Nicholas Negroponte’s TED Talk

(This is the first of two posts that highlight endeavors that are helping to change the world through creative and contrarian ways of thinking.) You can learn more about OLPC through the Amazon videos here, and their website: http://www.laptop.org/en/. You